of people who either lived in Mitchell County or were related to residents
Obituary of John C. deGraffenreid as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 23 Jan 1931. Mr. J. C. deGraffenreid, well known citizen of this county, died Tuesday, 20 Jan 1931, at 12:00 PM at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. G. H. Fitzgerald, at Greenwood. Mr. deGraffenreid had been in failing health for several years. About two weeks ago he suffered an attack which confined him to his bed and his condition rapidly grew serious, resulting in a paralytic stroke Sunday form which he never rallied. John deGraffenreid was born and reared in this county and he had a host of friends to whom the announcement of this death brought sorrow. He was a son of the late T. C. deGraffenreid and was prominently connected in this section. He was 61 years of age. He had been a member of the Methodist church since childhood. Surviving him are: His wife, who before her marriage was Miss Clara Fitzgerald, of this county; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. McClain of Pelham and Mrs. Nat Rainey of Eatonton, and one half sister, Mrs. Regina Davis of West Palm Beach, Fla. Funeral services were held at Greewood Wednesday, 21 Jan 1931, at 10:00 AM conducted by Rev J. I. D. Miller. Interment was in Oakview cemetery in Camilla at 11:00 AM. Acting pallbearers were: D. V. Thompson, E. G, Kolbie and N. Keadle of Camilla; Pat McElvey of Pelham and D. C. Campbell of Albany. An interesting historical fact recalled by Mr. deGraffenreid's passing is that he was the last of his branch of the deGraffenreid family in this section. His father, Christopher Tzcharner deGraffenreid was a descendant and namesake of Baron Christopher Tzcharner deGraffenreid and Regina Tzcharner, the first of the family to come to America from his home in Berne, Switzerland; with him came a colony who settled in North Carolina and named their new home New Berne, now known as Newberne, N. C. Dr. John deGraffenreid, grandfather of the deceased, lived and died in Dougherty county and is buried in Albany.
Obituary of James Edward Eubanks as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 16 Jan 1931. Mr. Jim Eubanks, believed to have been the oldest white citizen of Mitchell county, died Tuesday, 13 Jan 1931, morning at 6:00 AM at the home of his son, Mr. Roscoe Eubanks, near Pebble City. Mr. Eubanks was 91 years of age and was one of the real pioneers of this county and section. Up until a short time ago he had enjoyed remarkable health and was frequently seen in Camilla. During the latter part of last November he had the misfortune to fall and injure his hip. Since the time he had been confined to his bed most of the time. His death was due to an illness which developed a few days before and rapidly sapped his strength. He had spent more than fifty years of his life in Mitchell county and before that lived just across the line in Colquitt county. He was a Confederate veteran and had been a regular attendant at the county re-unions held here. He was a citizen of the type the county was proud to own and his death has brought sorrow to many friends throughout the county. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Wednesday, 14 Jan 1931, afternoon at 2:00 PM and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The services were in charge of Rev J. M. Rustin, pastor of the Pebble City Methodist church, of which the deceased had long been a faithful member. Rev H. N. Burnett and Rev S. O. Thomas, Baptist ministers and life-long friends of the deceased, assisted at the services. The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased: Clifford E. Akridge, Clarence Palmer, James Eubanks, Allen Eubanks, El Eubanks and Norwood Eubanks. Surviving the deceased are five sons and two daughters: Messrs. Ivey, Lee, Johnnie, Roscoe, and Orman Eubanks, Mrs. J. B. Akridge and Mrs. Russell Palmer.
Obituary of B. C. Faircloth as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 15 Jun 1934. B. C. Faircloth, fifteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Faircloth died at the home of his parents in Pleasant Hill community on Sunday, 10 Jun 1934, at 5:30 PM after an illness of two weeks form complications developing after measles. B. C. was a popular member of the eighth grade in Camilla High School and had numbers of friends both young and old, who were shocked by his sudden and untimely death. He was a healthy, happy boy up to the time of his last illness and no one thought of his illness proving fatal. He was the youngest son of his parents and had spent his entire life at their present home. He had attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church from earliest childhood and had united with the church on profession of his Christian faith. His death came as a double blow to his parents, who had to give up an older son, Hoggard Faircloth, who died suddenly on December 13, less than six months before. Funeral services took place Tuesday, 13 Jun 1934, at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Church, where the little boy had attended services all of his life. Rev S. H. Bennett, pastor of Camilla Baptist church, conducted the service. A group of schoolboy friends acting as pallbearers were Jack Swilley, Cecil Palmer, Winston Faircloth, Mercer Stevens, James Smith, Ben Marshall Jr., Harris Bailey and Joel Rivers. A group of girls, all cousins of the deceased, who carried flowers, were Misses Lucy Williams, Betty Williams, Juanita Faircloth, Vernice Williams, Louise Davis, Ermine Palmer, Doris Peacock, Virginia Collins, Ruby Rigsby and Lucille Bennett. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. J. R. Bramlett of Camilla Hardware & Implement Co. was in charge. B. C. is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. E. V. Faircloth, three brothers, Albert Faircloth of Camilla; Jack Faircloth of Winter Haven, Fla.; Judson Faircloth of Perry Fla., and five sisters, Mrs. S. L. Palmer, Mrs. A. T. Rigsby, Miss Annie Ruth Faircloth, Miss Virginia Faircloth, all of Camilla, and Mrs. Robert Wright of Madisonville, Ky.
Obituary of John Albert Akridge as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 9 Nov 1906. News reached the city on last Saturday night about 12:00 AM that Mr. John Akridge, a prominent young farmer of this community, had been killed by a Negro, ex-convict, Jet Hicks. Mr. Akridge spent Saturday in Camilla and the news of his death came as a shock to his many friends. From what we are able to learn of the killing as follows. It seems that Jet Hicks, the murderer of Mr. Akridge, and who about eight weeks ago finished a sentence in the chain gang, had been going tot he farm of Mr. Akridge lately, where his (Hicks) wife was employed, causing trouble among the tenants. Mr. Akridge had warned Hicks to stay away. On his return home from Camilla Saturday night, Mr. Akridge was informed that Hicks was on his place and, accompanied by one of his hands, he drove to the home of Hicks wife. Leaving his horse and buggy with the Negro who was with him, he went to the house and asked if Hicks was in. He was told "No" but not being satisfied with the answer, he asked that the door be opened. After a delay his request was granted and on entering the house, he found it in complete darkness. Just as he struck a match to light the room, the Negro, who was concealed in the house, fired a load of shot into his right cheek killing him instantly. Immediately after, the Negro secured a pistol from the body and fled. The news of the killing spread rapidly, and in a short time the woods were being searched for the murderer by a large number of enraged citizens, but up until the time of going to press Hicks has not been captured. Coroner Lastinger went out to the scene of the killing Sunday morning, and after empaneling a jury, an inquest was held over the body, the verdict of the jury was as follows: We, the jury, find that John Akridge came to his death by a gun shot wound from the hands of Jet Hicks. A. J. Green, Foreman, W. A. West, H. R. Beasley, M. J. Sanders, M. C. Cooper and E. A. Fussell. Mr. Akridge was a son of Mr. Elihu Akridge, and was about 33 years of age. He was a member of the masons, K. of P. and Odd Fellow Lodges. He leaves a devoted wife and three girl children, besides a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death. His body was taken in charge by the Masons and interred a the Akridge Hill Cemetery on last Sunday afternoon.
Obituary of Meta Avernine Sellers Fitzgerald as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 19 May 1933. Mrs. D. W. Fitzgerald, beloved woman of this community and widely known and loved throughout the county, died suddenly Wednesday, 17 May 1933, shortly after noon from a heart attack. She had not been ill previously and was seated on the porch of her home talking with her husband and Mr. W. H. Jackson, who had called to see Mr. Fitzgerald on a matter of business. Mrs. Fitzgerald was noticed to have slumped over in her chair and was unable to answer her husband when he inquired if she was ill. When a physician arrived a few minutes later she was dead. The announcement of the death of this good woman plunged the entire community in sorrow and the deepest sympathy is felt for the grief stricken family. Mrs. Fitzgerald was a devoted Christian wife and mother whose life was spent in loving service to her family and to the friends who came within the circle of her influence. Her passing is a sad loss to all, but especially to the husband and large family of children. The deceased was 48 years of age. Before her marriage she was Miss Meta Avonine Sellers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. T. Sellers, both of whom have passed on to their reward, the death of her mother occurring about a month ago. She was reared in the Hopeful community of this county. Early in life she united with the Baptist church and had always been a loyal and consistent member. Mrs. Fitzgerald was the mother of thirteen children, eleven of whom survive her, the youngest being just six years of age. Surviving are husband and the following children; Mrs. E. R. Wingate of Clearwater, Fla.; D. B. and W. F. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Lester Piland of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Smith Padget of Americus; Misses Meta Lou, Elizabeth, Wyleene and Mada and two small sons, Charlie and Wilburn, who are at home. The deceased is also survived by two brothers, T. C. Sellers of Albany and C. L. Sellers of Oriville, Ohio; and one sister Mrs. M. C. Huey, Jr. of Pelham. Funeral services were conducted from the Camilla Baptist Church, Thursday, 18 May 1933, at 3:30 PM. Rev J. I. D. Miller, local Baptist minister, conducted the services. Interment was in Oakview cemetery. The large number of sorrowing friends who gathered for the funeral services and many beautiful floral offerings attested to the high estimate placed upon this good woman by the friends and neighbors among whom she spent her life.
Obituary of Rosebud Cochran Gafford as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 10 Jan 1936. Casting a pall of sadness over the entire community Wednesday, 8 Jan 1936, afternoon was the death of Mrs. Rosebud Cochran Gafford, the wife of W. M. Gafford, which occurred at her home on North Harney Street shortly before 2:00 PM. Mrs. Gafford's death followed an illness of only a week. She was taken sick on New Year's Day and in a few hours pneumonia developed. Loved ones, nurses and doctors waged a hard fight for her life, giving every care and attention possible and the first of the week she had improved so much that every one felt that she would be able to pull through, but new complications developed Tuesday and her strength was depleted that she was unable to rally. Funeral services were held Thursday, 9 Jan 1936, morning at 10:00 AM at the Baptist Church, where a large company of relatives and sympathizing friends had gathered. Rev S. H. Bennett conducted the service and comforting hymns were beautifully sung by the choir. Attesting also to thoughtfulness of friends were the beautiful floral offerings. Following the service at the church interment was made in Sunset cemetery. Mr. J. R. Bramlett of Camilla Hardware and Implement Co. was the undertaker in charge. Mrs. Gafford was thirty one years of age and had spent her entire life in Camilla. She was the second daughter of Mr. B. H. Cochran and the late Mrs. Maude Cochran. Attending Camilla public schools and the Baptist Sunday School, a close friendship with numbers of playmates and school friends of childhood days had endeared her especially to the young people of the community. In her girlhood she united with the Baptist Church and gave a happy service to the church for as long as she lived. She was married on 23 June 1923 to W. M. Gafford and in her married life demonstrated the fine qualities of womanhood, giving to her husband and children a beautiful devotion as shown in her many services of the home. The sudden and untimely close of her useful young life has brought desolation to the little home and family, and sadness to relatives and hosts of friends throughout the county. Mrs. Gafford is survived by her husband and four children: Milton, Jr. age eleven; Eleanor Maude, age nine; Roy, age four and a five month old baby, David. She leaves also her father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Cochran, and two sisters, Mrs. E. M. Fagerstrom and Mrs. Lester Butler. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their sad loss.
Obituary of Hiram Gantt as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Mar 1935. Mr. Hiram Gantt, widely known and beloved citizen of the county and member of one of Mitchell's old pioneer families, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry C. Poitevint, in the Mt. Zion community, Monday, 25 February 1935, at 5:30 AM. Feeble with infirmities of old age, Mr. Gantt, who led a very active life, had not been able to get about much for the past year or so. He was taken ill Friday night and Sunday morning passed into a state of coma, then twenty-four hours later into his last sleep. There was a feeling of genuine sorrow and regret when news of Mr. Gantt's death was learned by friends throughout the county. Funeral services were held Tuesday, 26 February 1935, morning at 10:00 AM at Mr. Zion Baptist church, conducted by Rev S. O. Thomas. A large assemblage of relatives and friends filled the church. Comforting funeral hymns were sung by the choir. After the church service the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church. Pallbearers were Messrs. L. B. Frierson, Wallace Curles, Simp Holton, Sam Willingham, Y. Luckey and J. N. Eubanks. Mr. J. R. Bramlett of Camilla Hardware and Implement Co. Was in charge of the funeral. Mr. Gantt was in his eightieth year of age. He was born in this county and lived the greater part of his life on the old family home place in Mt. Zion community. For a number of years during the eighties and early nineties he carried the mail from Camilla to Newton, making the trip with horse and buggy through any kind of weather. After retiring from service as mail carrier he continued his farming operations. Mr. Gantt was a hard working man, built according to the fine, staunch type of pioneer. Kind, genial and accommodating, he met life with a cheer smile and found pleasure in service for others. He was happily married in 1881 to Miss Angeline Hart, with whom he lived for fifty-two years before her death in May, 1933 severed the tie. Mr. Gantt had accepted the Christian faith and united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, of which he was a loyal member at the time of his death. Mr. Gantt is survived by one son, S. O. Gantt, of Mitchell county, and two daughters, Mrs. Walter West of Albany, and Mrs. Henry C. Poitevint of Mt. Zion community. He leaves also a sister, Mrs. Amanda High of Carbur, Fla., and two brothers, Mr. John Gantt and Mr. Andrew Gantt, both of Texas. There are a number of Grandchildren, and a large number of near relatives. Sincere sympathy of a host of friends throughout the county is extended to the bereaved family in their loss.
Obituary of Angeline Hart Gantt as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 5 May 1933. Mrs. Hiram Gantt, beloved woman of this county, died at her home a short distance south of Camilla, Tuesday, 2 May 1933, morning at 6:00 AM, following an illness of several weeks. The news of her death brought sorrow to many friends throughout the county, where she had spent her long and useful life. Mrs. Gantt was 76 years of age at the time of her death. She was born and reared in this county. Before her marriage she was Miss Angeline Hart. She was a devoted Christian woman and spent her life in service to her family and the neighbors and friends with whom she came in contact. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Hiram Gantt, and three children, Mrs. W. N. West of Albany; Mrs. H. C. Poitevint and Mr. S. O. Gantt of Pelham. She is also survived by one brother, and one sister, Mr. Simon Hart and Mrs. W. M. Thomas, both of Camilla. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Wednesday, 3 May 1933, morning at 9:00 AM, conducted by S. O. Thomas. Interment was in Mt. Zion cemetery. The sympathy of many friends is extended the bereaved family in their sorrow.
Obituary of Samuel G. Griner as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 3 Feb 1933. Mr. Sam Griner, a former citizen of Mitchell county but who for the past several years had been making his home in Winter Haven, Fla., died suddenly Sunday, 29 Jan 1933, morning following a heart attack. The news of his death when received here brought sorrow to many relatives and life-long friends. Mr. Griner had had a slight attack a day or two before, but his family had not been alarmed about his condition until he suffered a more serious attack Saturday night. He died a few hours later in spite of every effort that could be employed to bring him relief. Mr. Griner was 65 years of age. He was born and reared in this county, the son of the late Jasper Griner, a pioneer citizen of Mitchell county. Surviving the deceased are his widow, two sons and a daughter, Messrs. A. J. and Paul Griner and Miss Ruby Griner, all of Winter Haven. He is also survived by one brother, Mr. C. G. Griner, and two sisters, Mrs. T. W. Curles and Miss Eliza Luckey, of this county. There is also a wide family connection. The remains were brought to Camilla Tuesday night from Winter Haven and carried to the home of Mrs. T. W. Curles to remain until the hour for the funeral. Services were held at Mt. Zion Baptist church Thursday, 2 Feb 1933, at 2:00 PM conducted by Rev H. N. Burnett. After services at the church the Masons took charge and the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Mt. Zion cemetery with Masonic honors. The Enterprise joins many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.
Obituary of Charles H. Hall as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 16 Jan 1931. Mr. Chas. H. Hall, one of Baker county's most prominent citizens and a man widely known and admired, died at his country home about eight miles from Newton Monday, 12 Jan 1931, afternoon at 5:00 PM following a long illness. Despite the fact that his condition had been reported as critical for several days and no hope was held out for his recovery, the announcement of his death was nevertheless a sad shock to his many friends throughout this section. Mr. Hall was 63 years of age. He was born and reared in Baker County and was a member of a prominent South Georgia family. He owned extensive farming interests which he managed successfully up to the time of his death. He was a man of genial personality with a happy smile and a cordial greeting for everyone, with the result that all who knew him loved him. Surviving are his wife; four brothers; D. D. Hall of Key West, Fla.; J. W. Hall, R. L. Hall and C. A. Hall of Newton. Funeral services were held at the Newton Baptist church Wednesday, 14 Jan 1931, morning at 11:00 AM, conducted by Rev R. H. Forrester of Leesburg, pastor of the Newton church. Interment was in the Newton cemetery. Pallbearers were: Messrs. A. H. Adkins, W. F. Norris, James Robert Rhodes, W. L. Yates, A. B. Ledbetter, Benj. Kahn, Roy Stripling and H. C. Jernigan. Mr. T. R. Holton of the undertaking department of the Planters Hardware Co. of Camilla, was in charge of the funeral.
Obituary of J. Frank Hartley as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 2 Mar 1934. Mr. J. Frank Hartley, well known and popular citizen of this place, died Monday, 26 Feb 1934, afternoon at 3:00 PM, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dan Palmer. He had been ill only about two weeks, what appeared at first to be a slight attack of influenza taking a serious turn when complications arose and rapidly sapped his strength. The announcement of his death was received with sorrow by a host of friends in this section of the county, where he had lived for the past eleven years. Mr. Hartley was reared and spent practically his entire life in and near Fort Valley. He was a farmer and orchardist and at one time owned one of the finest peach groves in the famous Fort Valley section. He disposed of his farming interests about twelve years ago and soon afterward moved to Camilla and had not been active in business since, except for minor occupations which enabled him to employ his time and keep alive his enthusiasm and interest in life. He was a man of pleasing personality, lofty ideals and strong convictions, traits of character which commanded the admiration and respect of all who came in contact with him. He was held in high esteem in this community and though he had been a resident of this county for only a few years he had so established himself in the confidence and affection of our people that he will be sadly missed. Mr. Hartley was 72 years of age, having been born 25 Apr 1861, near Fort Valley. His parents were James and Epsy Hartley. He had been married 49 years on the 16th of February. He had been a life-long member of the Baptist church. He is survived by his wife and eight children as follows: Mrs. T. E. McMinn of Houston, Tx.; Mrs. E. H. Ijams of Nashville, Tn.; Mrs. Dan Palmer of Camilla; Mrs. Otis Ogburn of Reynolds; Mrs. Lucile H. Vinson of Moultrie; Mrs. J. Frank Reid of Screven; Mrs. Randolph Holton of Bainbridge; and Hugh V. Hartley of Washington, D. C. All members of the family were here for the funeral except Mrs. McMinn of Texas. The deceased is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. P. E. Giles of Fort Valley, and Mrs. Tom Arnold of Macon. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Camilla Tuesday, 27 Feb 1934, afternoon at 2:30 PM, the services being in charge of the pastor, Rev S. H. Bennett, assisted by Rev Issac P. Tyson, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment was in Oakview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Messrs. W. C. Adams, G. C. Burson, Virgil Holton, E. M. Davis Jr., Harry Hilliard and Dr. E. B. Carlisle. Mr. J. R. Bramlett of the Camilla Hardware and Implement Co. was in charge.
Obituary of Eunice Belle Palmer Hayes as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 20 Nov 1925. Numbers of friends and relatives in the county were sadly shocked by the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. H. T. Hayes, which took place Friday, 13 Nov 1925, night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Palmer, in Mt. Zion community at 11:00 PM. She was taken suddenly ill with an attack of acute indigestion and died in 15 minutes. Mrs. Hayes had just arrived here on Tuesday night from her home at Jacksonville, Fla., to visit her parents, when her life was so suddenly and ruthlessly snuffed out by the hand of death. Funeral services were held Sunday, 15 Nov 1925, afternoon at 3:30 PM at the Mt. Zion church, where the deceased had attended from childhood, Rev H. N. Burnett, the pastor, conducting the services. A large number of relatives and friends of the deceased were present to pay their last tribute of love and respect, which was attested by the many beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. Hayes, was before her marriage, Miss Eunice Palmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Palmer. She was born and brought up in Mt. Zion community, attended school in Camilla and graduated from Camilla High School. She was married two years ago to Mr. H. T. Hayes, of Pelham, the young couple moving later to Jacksonville, Fla. To make their home. She was just twenty six years of age, in the bloom of her young womanhood, filling happily and usefully her office in life as wife and home keeper, sister and daughter, when her career was suddenly closed, leaving a storm of grief and sorrowful loneliness in the hearts of her loved ones. Sweet and womanly, gentle and kind, she was generally loved by family, relatives and friends, and her going away has caused a general sadness and feeling of loss. The deceased is survived by her young husband, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Palmer and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. O. D. Jones, Mrs. Burl Maples of Mobile, Ala.; Mrs. H. H. Yates of Pelham; Miss Vera Palmer, Messrs. Charlie, Roy, Albert, Ben Hill, Julius and Bernard Palmer. A sincere and tender sympathy is extended by their many friends to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow.
Obituary of Samuel Jesse High as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Nov 1918. When it was known that Mr. Jesse High had passed away his home near Mt. Zion on Tuesday, 29 Oct 1918, night, a feeling of genuine sorrow was experienced among the many friends and loved ones of the deceased. Mr. High's death resulted from pneumonia following Spanish influenza. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion church Wednesday, 30 Oct 1918, afternoon at 3:00 PM. Rev H. N. Burnett and Rev S. O. Thomas conducted the services. A large number of friends and loved ones were present to pay their last respects. The deceased was about thirty years old. Since childhood he had been an earnest Christian and a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist church. His many kind neighborly deeds and Christian activities will long be remembered by those who came in contact with him in daily life. Mr. High married Miss Mattie Mae Everett, who with two small children survive him. The deceased was a son of the late J. G. High and his death leaves only three surviving brothers, Messrs. Joel High of Pleasant Hill; Chan High of near Mt. Zion; and J. D. High of Donalsonville, of the large family of children. Their many friends extend sympathy to the widow and little children bereft of their loved one.
Obituary of John W. Howell Sr. as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 6 Jul 1934. Mr. John W, Howell, veteran rural mail carrier at Sale City, died suddenly Thursday, 5 Jul 1934, morning at 6:00 AM following a heart attack. Complaining of feeling ill, he got up to get some medicine an collapsed, death following in a few moments. He had suffered from heart trouble for some time but his condition had not been especially alarming and his sudden passing came as a severe shock to the members of his family. Mr. Howell was 56 years of age and had spent his life in the Sale City community where he was esteemed by everyone. For 26 years he had served as a rural mail carrier from the Sale City post office and would have soon been eligible for a pension, under Civil Service rule. The deceased is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Ed Hargett, Miss Willie Ruth and Miss Sarah Howell. He is also survived by one brother, Mr. O. Howell and three sisters. It was announced that funeral services would be held at the Sale City Methodist Church Friday, 6 Jul 1934, afternoon.
Obituary of Edwin L. Joiner as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 24 Feb 1928. Numerous friends in the county were saddened by the death of Mr. Edwin L. Joiner, which took place at his home in Bainbridge on Tuesday, 21 Feb 1928, at 12:20 PM after a short illness. The body was brought back to the old home of the deceased at Branchville and funeral services were held in the church Wednesday, 22 Feb 1928, afternoon at 3:00 PM, attended by a large gathering of friends and relatives. Rev Gorman, of Jakin, and Rev Lastinger of Bainbridge, were in charge of the services. The pallbearers were the brothers, brother-in-law and uncle of the deceased. Mr. Joiner's death came in the midst of a busy and useful life and brings a sad loss to his family and loved ones. He was forty five years of age and was born and reared in this county, moving to Bainbridge about five years ago. He came of a deeply pious family and had been a Christian since childhood. He was a loyal and consistent member of West Bainbridge Methodist Church. Mr. Joiner married Miss Mamie Cross, with whom he lived happily for more than two score years, and who survives him, with their two sons, Messrs. Lawrence and Arthur Joiner of Bainbridge. Besides his widow and two sons, Mr. Joiner is survived by his mother, Mrs. John Joiner of Branchville and brothers, Messrs. J. R. Joiner, C. L. Joiner and Randolph Joiner, all of Branchville, and three sisters, Mrs. John T. Broadaway of Pelham, Mrs. L. E. Hayes of Branchville and Mrs. Ambrose Lastinger if this city. Mr. C. L. Gee is an uncle of the deceased. There is also a large number of other near relatives and many close friends, who are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Mr. Joiner. The sincere sympathy of friends throughout the county is extended to the bereaved family in their sad hour.
Obituary of John Stokes Joiner as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 27 Feb 1925. A death causing sadness among friends all over the county was that of Mr. John S. Joiner, which occurred at his home in Branchville community on Monday, 23 Feb 1925, afternoon at 3:00 PM. Mr. Joiner had only been sick a few days when he developed pneumonia and passed away before many of his friends had learned that he was sick and a grievous shock was experienced at the news of his death. Funeral services were held at Branchville church Tuesday, 24 Feb 1925, afternoon at 2:00 PM in the presence of sorrowing relatives and friends of the deceased. Rev L. E. Pierce, pastor of the church, conducted the service, after which the body was laid to rest in the family lot in the church yard. Mr. Joiner was about seventy two years of age when his earthly life came to an end. He was born and reared in the community of Branchville and had lived out his days quietly in the vicinity of his birth. He was a man of many splendid qualities and was generally loved and depended on as a man of genuine goodness. For twenty years or more he had been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist church and always took a large interest in church affairs. His community has lost a good and enduring man, who stood the test of long years, and his loss is deeply mourned. The deceased is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Ida Cross, Mrs. Force Hayes and Messrs. Eddie Randolph, Charlie and Robert Joiner, all of this county, and Miss Johnnie Joiner of Albany. The bereaved family have the sympathy of their numerous friends throughout the county in their hour of sorrow.
Obituary of Mary Francis Faircloth Joiner as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 10 Jul 1931. Relatives and numerous friends throughout the county were deeply grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Mary Faircloth Joiner, which took place at her home eight miles east of Camilla, near Duffey, on Saturday, 4 Jul 1931, at 3:45 PM. Mrs. Joiner's death followed a last illness of two weeks. She had been an invalid for twenty five years, confined to her room the entire time. Funeral services were held Sunday, 5 Jul 1931, at 3:00 PM at Pleasant Hill church, where a large crowd of friends and relatives gathered for the service conducted by Rev H. N. Burnett. Tender and beautiful tributes were paid to the saintly life of the deceased and there were many floral offerings expressing love and sympathy of friends. The funeral was in charge of Mr. Bramlett, of Camilla Hardware and Implement Co. Mrs. Joiner was sixty-three years of age when her life came to a close. She was a daughter of the late Mrs. Lauretta Faircloth and was born and reared in the county. She was happily married to Mr. W. C. D. Joiner, who preceded her to the grave about eight years ago. She was reared in an atmosphere of Christian piety and had been a confessed Christian since her young girlhood, uniting with Pleasant Hill Baptist church in 1880. For more than fifty years she had been a loyal member and for thirty years of this time had the privilege of serving actively and happily. The influence of her long Christian life and unselfish and resigned spirit through the years of illness have reached far and wide among relatives, friends and all who knew her, and she was generally loved. Surviving Mrs. Joiner are her two sons, Carl Joiner of Camilla and Crosby Joiner of Bainbridge and four daughters, Mrs. E. O. Barnes of Hopeful; Mrs. E. N. Lucky of Pelham; Mrs. Ethel Rowan of River Junction, Fla.; and Mrs. Julia Lawson of Camilla. Brothers of Mrs. Joiner are Mr. E. V. Faircloth of Camilla and G. W. Faircloth of Baconton and sisters are Mrs. Ella Blanchard of Meigs; Mrs. Porter Piram of St. George, Fla.; Mrs. Minnie Lee Akridge of Sale City and Mrs. J. L. Stripling of Camilla. The sincere sympathy of friends throughout the county is extended the bereaved family in their sadness.
Obituary of Oscar D. Jones as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 29 Mar 1935. Mr. O. D. Jones, well known farmer of this county who lived on the Middleton Place near Pine Cliff church, died Monday, 25 Mar 1935, afternoon following an illness of only a few days. He became ill Friday, suffering from a form of indigestion. His condition was not considered serious at first, but when he continued to grow worse the family became alarmed and everything possible was done to bring him relief, but to no avail. The end came at 1:00 PM Monday. The announcement of his death came as a shock to hundreds of friends throughout this county, where the deceased was reared and was held in high esteem. Although most of his life was spent on a farm, he was for several years a resident of Camilla, where he served as a police and sanitary officer at different times. He had numerous friends and was always ready to serve them. He was also generous and sympathetic toward those in distress and ready to extend a helping hand. Mr. Jones was 54 years of age, the son of Mr. W. H. Jones Sr., of this place. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mattie Palmer before her marriage, and five children, one son and four daughters as follows: Mrs. C. L. Joiner, Mr. Durant Jones, Mrs. T. A. Rogers, Mrs. Robert Bullard and Miss Martha Jones, all of this county. The deceased is also survived by his father, Mr. W. H. Jones Sr., and two brothers, Messrs. F. A. and T. W. Jones. He was a member of Pleasant hill Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill Tuesday, 26 Mar 1935, afternoon at 3:00 PM, Rev Robert Bass and Rev Tom Richeter, officiating at the services. The following acted as pallbearers: Albert Palmer, Charlie Palmer, Roy Palmer, Julius Palmer, Ben Hill Palmer and Vaughn Yates. Mr. Bramlett of Camilla Hardware and Implement Co. was in charge.
Obituary of Anna Elizabeth Batchelor Shirah as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 9 Oct 1936. Causing sadness to numerous friends in the county was the death of Mrs. D. V. Shirah, which occurred at her home near Camilla on Monday, 5 Oct 1936, afternoon at 3:00 PM. Mrs. Shirah had been sick for about three months. Funeral services took place Tuesday, 6 Oct 1936, morning at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill church, a large company of sorrowing relatives and friends attending. Rev Jim Rigsby conducted the service and comforting hymns were sung by the church choir. Interment was in the cemetery beside the church. Acting as pallbearers were Leo Hatcher, S. D. Hatcher, Harry Everson, Loyd Mulford, Bob Collins and Raiford Faircloth. Mr. J. R. Bramlett, of Camilla Hardware and Implement Co. was in charge of the funeral. Mrs. Shirah was sixty-five years of age. She was born in Gray and spent her childhood there. She was a Miss Batchelor. She moved to Mitchell county forty-two years ago and was married to Mr. Dwight Shirah, spending her entire married life here. She was a good woman, a devoted wife and mother and a good neighbor. She loved the church and had been a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist church for a number of years. Mrs. Shirah is survived by her husband, Mr. D. V. Shirah; three sons, G. H. Shirah of Sarasota, Fla.; L. H. Shirah of Camilla; and A. B. Shirah of Macon, and one daughter, Mrs. W. D.Williams of Camilla. She leaves also three brothers, Jim Batchelor of Camilla; R. L. Batchelor of Fort Valley; Will Batchelor of Perry, and three sisters, Mrs. J. H. Todd of Perry; Mrs. W. A. Spencer of Gray and Mrs. A. J. Todd of Americus. The bereaved family has the deep sympathy of numbers of friends in their sad hour.
Obituary of W. R. Walters as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 11 Mar 1932. The warm sympathy of numerous friends of the entire community is extended to Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Adams on account of the death of Mrs. Adams' father, Mr. W. R. Walters, in Montezuma, on Sunday , 6 Mar 1932, afternoon, following a long illness. Their bereavement was made doubly sad, coming less than three weeks after the death of Mr. Adams' father, Mr. Wyatt Adams, which occurred in Pelham. Mrs. Adams had been constantly with her father during the past weeks and was called to Montezuma again Friday when it was seen that the end was near. Funeral services took place Tuesday, 13 Mar 1932, morning at the First Baptist church of Montezuma, of which Mr. Walters had been a devoted member. Services were conducted by the pastor, Rev B. E. Donehoo, assisted by Dr. J. A. Thomas. The Masons had charge of the service at the grave. Mr. Walters had long been a prominent and beloved citizen of Montezuma. He had served for forty five years as chief of police. He was seventy five years of age at the time of his death. Mr. Walters is survived by one brother, Mr. Jerry Walters, of Ashburn; a son, Mr. Robert Walters of Atlanta and four daughters, Mrs. E. W. Quarterman of Valdosta, Mrs. Frank McDonald of Waycross, Mrs. Bennett Arnold of Montezuma and Mrs. J. R. Adams of Camilla.
Obituary of William W. Keadle as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 19 Sep 1930. Mr. W. W. Keadle, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of the Hopeful community died suddenly Tuesday, 16 Sep 1930, night from what appeared to be an attack of heart trouble. Mr. Keadle was spending the night at the home of a neighbor, Mr. J. B. Kearns. He had attended preaching services at Greenwood earlier in the evening and he and Mr. Kearns talked a while before retiring. Apparently he was in the best of health and spirits. They retired about 10:00 PM and shortly after retiring Mr. Kearns heard someone making a noise as if sneezing, followed by a peculiar choking sound. Mr. Kearns got up to investigate and found that the noise came from Mr. Keadle's room and when he entered he found Mr. Keadle dying, the end coming before assistance could be summoned. Mr. Keadle was between 65 and 70 years of age and had lived in the community for a number of years, moving from east Mitchell. He was counted one of the community's best citizens and was highly regarded by all who knew him His wife died about five years ago and since that time he had made his home with his children.
Obituary of Daniel Kierce as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Nov 1929. Mr. Daniel Kierce, one of Mitchell county's very best citizens, died at his home near Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, 23 October 1929, at the age of 85. He was a pioneer citizen of this county and a Christian gentleman who commanded the love and esteem of all who knew him. He was a successful farmer, a leader in the community, civic and religious affairs and left an impress upon those with whom he spent his life that will live after him. Mr. Kierce was a Confederate veteran with a record of four years of faithful service in the Army of the South and during late years had been a familiar figure in the county gatherings of these old heroes of the sixties. Mr. Kierce is survived by his wife and one son, Mr. Dewey Kierce of Pelham. He also is survived by one brother, Mr. Joseph Kierce of Baker, Florida. Funeral services were held Thursday, 24 October 1929, from the Pelham Baptist church, of which the deceased had been a devoted member. Services were conducted by a former pastor of the church, Rev J. P. Lee of Pompano, Fla. assisted by the pastor, Rev C. C. Kiser, and Rev S. O. Thomas.
Obituary of Wyatte Ulisous Lastinger as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 7 June 1929. Numerous relatives and friends in the community were saddened by the sudden death of Mr. W. U. Lastinger, which occurred Sunday, 2 Jun 1929, morning at 10:00 AM at his home near Camilla. Although Mr. Lastinger had been in ill health for some time, the seriousness of his condition was not realized and his death, following an attack that lasted only a few hours, was a serious shock to his family and friends. Mr. Lastinger was living on the O. P. Sapp place, having moved there from Chastain, Ga., some time ago. The body was carried back to Chastain for burial. The funeral services were held in the church at that place Monday, 3 Jun 1929, morning at 11:00 AM, attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends. Rev Alligood was in charge of the services. The pallbearers were his three eldest sons, Messrs. Masten, Preston and Travis and his nephews, Alfred, Ambrose and Leland Lastinger. The deceased was fifty-seven years of age and was born and reared in this county. He was married to Miss Maggie Simpson, 19 March 1905, who survives him with their nine children, Mrs. Richard Golden of Ochlochnee, Masten, Preston, Travis, Troy, Eulie, Ouida, Elvie and Andrew Lastinger. Besides his widow and children, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. J. K. Johnson of Perry, Fla., and Mrs. Jeff Griner of Meigs, and one brother, Mr. E. P. Lastinger of Camilla. There are also a number of near relatives and close friends who are deeply saddened by his untimely death. The sincere sympathy of friends throughout the county is extended to the bereaved family in this sad hour.
Obituary of T. M. Lowery as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 27 Sep 1935. Mr. T. M. Lowery, prominent farmer and highly respected citizen of Preston, Webster County, Georgia, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Guy H. Fitzgerald in Greenwood community Saturday, 21 Sep 1935, afternoon at 5:45 PM. He was stricken with paralysis Thursday morning about 9:00 AM and never rallied after the first attack. The attack came without warning as he had been enjoying his usual good health during one of his periodical visits with his daughter, having arrived here about the first of September to spend a month or six weeks. His sudden passing can as a sad shock to the numerous friends he had formed in this county, as well as to the members of his family, several of whom had visited him here recently. Mr. Lowery was 76 years of age and had spent his entire life in Webster County, where he had a host of friends and was esteemed by all who knew him. Before his retirement from active pursuits he was recognized as one of Webster County's most progressive farmers and a substantial citizen who was keenly interested in all civic affairs of his community and county who was always ready to lend assistance to every worthy movement. For many years he served as a member of the Board of Education and was a staunch supporter of the schools and efforts for the advancement of education. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a consecrated Christian gentleman, faithful to the tenets of his denomination. He had also been a member of the Masonic Lodge of Preston for many years and members of this order served as pallbearers at his funeral. The deceased was twice married, his first wife and the mother of seven surviving children, died about twenty years ago. His second wife, who survives, on account of infirmities which have made her an invalid for years, spent most of her time with members of her family in Worth County. Surviving children of Mr. Lowery are: Messrs. D. M. Lowery of Burkburnette, Texas; R. I. Lowery of Richland; T. E. Lowery of Shellman; A. B. Lowery of Columbia, S.C.; T. R. Lowery of address unknown; Mrs. C. C. Drew of Preston; and Mrs. Guy H. Fitzgerald of Camilla. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Preston Sunday, 22 Sep 1935, afternoon at 2:00 PM, the services being conducted by the pastor. Interment was in Smyrna cemetery near Preston. At the church services a male quartet rendered impressively "Rock of Ages" and "Where We Never Grow Old." Many beautiful offerings attested the love and esteem of life-long friends and neighbors. The funeral was in charge of undertaker Ross Dean of Lumpkin. Among those who accompanied Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Fitzgerald to the funeral Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Fitzgerald, Messrs. J. B. and G. R. Fitzgerald and Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Cox. The sympathy of many friends here is extended to Mrs. Fitzgerald and other members of the family in this bereavement.
Obituary of Henry J. Mansfield as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 18 Feb 1927. A death causing sadness to a large number of friends throughout the county was that of Mr. Henry J. Mansfield, beloved lifetime citizen of the county, which took place at the home of his son, Mr. Miles Mansfield, on Friday, 11 Feb 1927, morning at 7:00 AM. Mr. Mansfield had been in very bad health for the past six months, suffering with Bright's disease, and his family realized that the end was not far distant though he was able to walk about the house. He was sitting in a chair when his children came in and found him looking as though he had quietly dropped off to sleep, so peacefully had his spirit gone from the body to its eternal home. Funeral services were held at Shady Grove church on Saturday, 12 Feb 1927, afternoon at 4:00 PM and attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends of the deceased. The services were conducted by Rev S. O. Thomas and Rev J. T. Rigsby. The casket was borne to its last resting place by eight grandsons of the deceased, who acted as pallbearers. Mr. Mansfield was a member of one of Mitchell's oldest families and was born and raised in this county. He had passed his seventy fifth birthday in July of last year and was well along in his seventy sixth year at the time of his death. He was a son of the late J. F. Mansfield of this county and he was married to Miss Elizabeth Crosby, who now survives him, together with their children. Mr. Mansfield was truly a good man, gentle and kindly of nature, staunch and dependable of character, ready to lend a helping had wherever needed. Though a man quiet nature he was known and loved by numerous friends all over the county. He was an earnest and consistent Christian and had been a member of the Baptist church for a number of years. The deceased is survived by his widow and the following children: Messrs. Morgan Mansfield, Ed Mansfield, Clem Mansfield, Miles Mansfield and Mrs. H. N. Burnett, all of this county. There are a number of grandchildren and a large connection of other near relatives. The bereaved family have the tender sympathy of their many friends in their sad loss.
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